What are your thoughts on tattoos?
I love them. To me, tattoos are like a story on someone’s skin. Each one tells a different memory.
I know some of you probably hate them, whether it be because you’re afraid of the pain, or because they’re permanent.
The thing is… when I am 80 years old, I know I won’t care that I have permanent ink all over my skin. I know when I look at them at that age they’ll bring a smile to my face, because I’ll remember each and every one with fondness. They’ll all bring back a memory.
All of my tattoos either tell a story or they represent something I love so much that the want to ink it permanently on my body to remember it is significant.
Yesterday I got my 10th tattoo. :)
Here are a few pictures of the tattoos I have starting with my most recent…
I’ve wanted a chest tattoo for a while now. And I couldn’t think of a better design than the one I got. My artist is amazing… I tell him what I want and it’s almost like he reaches into my mind and pulls out exactly what my mind had conjured up. Because I tell you… the above tattoo… that’ almost literally what I had in my mind. The tattoo represents my husband, girls and myself together. Each bird is a member of us, and the quote by E.E. Cummings couldn’t have been placed on a more perfect location… close to my heart. The quote says, “I hold your heart, I hold your heart in my heart.” Placement: chest
This tattoo represents many things for me. As most of you know, I love to dream. And dream I do. I also adore the rain, and I love the artsy side of myself. The cloud represents that artsy side, the rain – self explanatory. The birds and the word dream go together – basically, it’s “let your dreams soar… never doubt them. Let them fly and chase after them”. Incase you don’t notice… most of my tattoos have stars in them, so the star is really a tie in. I love stars and usually always get at least one to tie in all the others. Placement: right calf
And, of course you all know that I love to read! So the above tattoo is self explanatory. The quote says, “Anyone who says they have only one life to live, must not know how to read a book.” That’s one of my favorite quotes. :) Placement: right arm
One of my favorite paintings of all times is Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I knew I had to have this as a tattoo. My tattoo artist always says that he loves tattooing my husband and I, because we come up with the most unique, challenging and seriously awesome tattoos. He designs them all after we tell him what we want. My Starry Night tattoo is still in progress… there has been more done to it than what shows in the above picture, but I won’t reveal anymore of it until it’s complete. This tattoo is completely intense and painful, so I can only go in for a couple hours each session before the pain is just too much for me to bear. Placement: mid back
The tattoo below Starry Night that’s barely visible was the first tattoo I ever got. An old friend of mine from high school did tattoos, so he gave me my first one. 1 leopard star surrounded by red ones. I still love this tattoo all these 11 years later. :) Placement: lower back
The above tattoo of hashmarks is not how long I spent in the slammer. LOL! It represents how many years Mike and I have been married. Next month I will add one more hash which will mark 10 years of marriage. :) Mike and I agreed to not tattoo each other’s names on ourselves, so I wanted a unique way to represent our years of marriage. I think this one was a great choice. Placement: left inner wrist.
This one is pretty obvious, yeah? :) Placement: right outer wrist.
I told you I love stars. :) I wanted a tattoo on my foot for a while, so about 5 years ago I bit the bullet and got one. This one is no longer of my most painful tattoos, but it was at one time. I love it, though. Small and simple. Placement: right foot.
And, the last one I’m sharing today is this amazing tattoo. The first tattoo from Johnny, my current artist. My actual camera and one of my favorite camera strap covers, the Valentino. :) How amazing is this tattoo? Seriously. The meaning again is obvious. I am a photographer that loves her camera and the camera strap represents my business. <3 I have only had one tattoo that I hated and it’s currently underneath this camera… you can’t see it, though can ya? Amazing amazing cover up. Placement: left shoulder blade
So you see, tattoos are art.
If you don’t have one and are afraid, just do it. I hate pain. My pain tolerance is pretty much non existent, just ask my husband. But tattoos are more than that to me. They all tell a story.
If you live in Arizona and are wanting a tattoo, go to Taboo Tattoo in Chandler and ask for Johnny. Tell him Shey sent ya. :)
Do you have any tattoos? What do you have?